Indiana Rep. Brooks to serve on Benghazi committee

Rep. Susan Brooks, R-Ind. (WTHR file photo)
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Indiana Rep. Susan Brooks (R-District 5) will serve on a committee to investigate the 2012 Benghazi attack.

The House of Representatives voted Thursday to establish the new committee to investigate the deadly incident, formally launching an investigation aimed at answering lingering questions about what happened during the September 11, 2012 attack. Four Americans died when the U.S. diplomatic post was attacked.

The House voted 232-186 to approve the panel. The vote breakdown was 225 Republicans and seven Democrats in favor, with 186 Democrats voting against the measure. The seven Democrats who voted in favor of the resolution all represent conservative-leaning districts.

"We have a duty to the families of the victims and the American people to unveil the whole truth of this tragic incident and seek appropriate accountability," said Brooks.

The resolution establishes a 12-member select committee made up of seven Republicans and five Democrats to investigate the attack that resulted in the deaths of four Americans.

House Speaker John Boehner promised an "eminently fair" probe into the assault and its aftermath.

House Democrats say the committee is politically motivated so Republicans can mobilize their voter base in advance of the midterm elections.

Benghazi has produced 13 public hearings and 50 separate briefings.